Matsuri Tsukuba 2011 Video Post

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Here is a video of Tsukuba Matsuri 2011. I got more of a look at the festival during the day this time around. But the night show is always a pretty nice view. You can click the link in the related items section (beneath the post) to see last year's Tsukuba Matsuri. But without further ado, here is a video look at Matsuri Tsukuba 2011: Thanks for watching! See you tomorrow. Donald Ash P.S.-A got a little bit more footage than I expected to, so I'll make a second video that you Continue Reading …

The Tsukuba Matsuri Picture Post 2011

This is closest I have ever gotten to this float.  WOW!

Better late than never I always say. I did have a chance to go to this year's Tsukuba Matsuri on August 29th, 2011. This year was pretty cool because I was able to get closer tho the Nebuta* floats than I ever have. I didn't get very many night time shots, but the floats were the same as last year's Tsukuba Matsuri. I even got to take a few pictures with some of the guys who were pushing my favorite floats. In the last Tsukuba Matsuri video that I made, I was able to get better night time Continue Reading …

What is Obon?

'Obon'

What is Obon? お盆は何ですか? Vacation-lovers rejoice! Tis the time for one of Japan’s longest “breaks.” Well I guess I don’t really want to call Obon a break, but for many foreigners that’s exactly what it is. For Japanese natives, though, Obon has a slightly different meaning. Obon* is one of Japan’s most well-known holidays. It can translate to mean The Lantern Festival or The Festival of the Dead. Essentially, Obon is a day to honor those who have passed away. During Obon, it’s Continue Reading …

What is Tanabata?

Tanabata Decorative Streamers at IIAS Tsukuba.

I headed to work a bit early today and while walking to the train I felt a tap on my shoulder. It was my friend and fellow teacher, Marisa. It’s always good to see a familiar face, even if it’s during a "just a bit too early" morning commute. Whenever I bump into her, we always talk about how things are going, how teaching life is after-AEON (we worked there together), etc.. While we were talking today, Marisa made mention of today being Tanabata (たなばた or 七夕). I COMPLETELY FORGOT!! Thanks Continue Reading …

My Two Favorite, Mysterious Japanese Masks, Hyottoko (ひょっとこ) and Okame (おかめ)

These are the best Hyottoko and Okame masks I've seen in a while.  (Asakusa, Japan 2011)

Is it me? Or does Japan makes some of the coolest masks ever? When I went to Asakusa a few weeks ago before checking out the Blue Man Group Tokyo show. I walked into one of the local stores and saw many different types of Daruma dolls (much more expensive than the tiny one I have). My favorite display in the store, though, was the mask display. hanging on the wall, were two wonderful interpretations of my two favorite Japanese masks. The one on the left is Hyottoko, ひょっとこ, probably the Continue Reading …